"The 0.4.0 interim release of OpenNMS is a warning shot. The new
open source systems management solution puts the commercial systems
management software market on the spot. It asks big vendors such
Hewlett-Packard and Computer Associates a tough question: Can
proprietary software keep pace with advances in technology as well
as open source software can? Steve Giles, co-founder of the
OpenNMS.org project,said the answer is a resounding 'No!' He
believes OpenNMS will show that "market-ruling, monolithic, old"
management solutions such as Hewlett-Packard's OpenView, and
Computer Associates' Unicenter are as relevant to today?s
enterprise Web environment as the manual typewriter."
"Why should the arrival of OpenNMS be an important event for IT
There's never been an open source alternative for these network
managers. They haven't been able to go to a Web site and pull down
a commercial grade network management application that has source
code available, is free, and that can be distributed
"So, do you believe something is wrong with the top commercial
network and systems management products?"
The problem with vendor-developed solutions is speed of evolution.
It took almost six years for products like OpenView and Tivoli to
become distributed, or to run on more than one computer. In
comparison, our 1.0 release was designed from scratch starting a
year and three-quarters ago. It can be distributed from the ground
up immediately. It was built an enterprise application. Other
applications have been scaled up from a (single box) solution as
systems' scalability increased."